#10: The Slippery Slope#11: The Grim Grotto#12: The Penultimate Peril#13: The End
- All by Lemony Snicket
I really kind of lost momentum by waiting so long until reviewing these books - not just stacking up the last titles, but with such a long interval between now and that last page of the last book.
So instead of focusing on the obvious - a rising level of unfortunateness and the inevitable unhappy ending - I'll just go into wide swathes about the series as a whole, in order to twist your arm and make you suffer through reading each and every book.
I suppose it's not coincidence that I'm writing this on Friday the Thirteenth. As always, the date that the review was allegedly posted has no relationship - not even a casual introduction in some sordid little diner down the road - with the date the review was written.
Of course, with these books being as horrible as they are - a truly insufferable experience - you should ignore all advice not to read these books that you may or may not or must have received, because, truly, you deserve it.
These are quick reads. I read some of them in under an hour. My teenage son and my pre-teen daughter have both rocketed through them at a pace not altogether slower than mine. Of course, the record would have to go to my toddler son, should we ever let one of the volumes come within reach of his teeth. I mean, eyes.
Yes, in less than a second, he would have absorbed all he needed to know about the book, and would then promptly bring it to the attention of an Older Person for general deciphering.
To further shed light on this series as a whole, I do not suspect that a toddler would actually remain interested throughout the whole work. After all, there's better things to do, and they're off and doing them before even the fastest reader could get through all thirteen books.
Those who have read only the first few books and have discovered them to be formulaic, repetitious, and miserable will be in for a surprise if they torture themselves with the remainder of the books. It turns out that the books to have a formula, and they use repetition as part of that formula, and if you stopped at some point prior to the ending of the series, you're certainly not clever enough to discover what that formula is. To be fair, you will - unless you're a complete moron - have an idea of what the author wants you to think the formula is. This, of course, is something completely different.
Of course, if you've gathered that I actually like these books and would highly recommend them to anyone who can read, then you're probably clever enough to click through a link above and order each and every one of the books you don't already own, right?